Film funding body: management guilty

18 May 2018

Regulation & Policy

Film Funding

A forensic investigation into claims of mismanagement and abuse of funds, among others, has implicated some of the executive and senior management of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the department of arts and culture has confirmed.

The department has not made the detailed findings public yet as they are still being dealt with internally.

An investigation was commissioned following an outcry over an open letter sent to Minister of Arts Nathi Mthethwa.

In the letter, a bulk of NFVF staff complained bitterly about workplace conditions and made numerous claims of corruption and irregularity.

Chief executive Zama Mkosi, the chief financial officer as well as the NFVF's council were among those accused by staff of wrongdoing.

City Press investigated several of the letter's claims including splurging of taxpayers' money at home and abroad.

In the course of our investigations claims were also made about the NFVF's council chair Phil Molefe.

There was further drama at the crucial film development body when a union accused Mkosi of freezing them out as she began restructuring the organisation, ostensibly to get rid of whistleblowers.

Read the full article on FilmContact here.